Call for submissions:
The concept of Home is often defined by one's relationship to place- one's connection to, or displacement from, a geographical or structural location. In thinking about diaspora, a person's Home may be a place they have never physically been- it may be less of a physical place and more of a conceptual one. When considering chosen and forced im/emigration, incarceration, or territories occupied by military force, one's concept of Home may not simply be defined by a single static place...- or by place at all. In the context of queer identities, many of us who have chosen to disengage, or have been disowned from our families of origin, define Home through our interpersonal relationships to chosen family and community.
Some of us may associate particular people in our lives with a sense of Home. For some of us, Home may be laden in the sight of an object, a smell, a sound, a phrase. One's concept of Home may be best conjured up by the act of movement, the practice of tradition, or the retelling of significant events.
What is it that signifies Home to you? Consider drafting a letter to that place/person/object/etc.
Imagine being able to communicate with Home directly-- what would you say? What is your relationship to each other at this point in time? Has it changed? If so, in what ways? What lies in the space between you and Home?
This is a call for letters written, and visual art created from You to Home. A collection of these letters and images will be bound and printed into an anthology released in conjunction with the National Queer Arts Festival, 2014.
Final deadline to submit work is 5pm on March 1st, 2014.
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EMAIL SUBMISSIONS to firstname.lastname@example.org
MAIL SUBMISSIONS to:
Passage & Place
PO Box 22469
Oakland CA 94609
Selected letters and visual art will be displayed during the PASSAGE & PLACE exhibition in June 2014.
Contributors selected for print will receive a copy of the printed anthology.
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PASSAGE & PLACE aims to connect conversations of localized displacement and gentrification to more expansive conversations around immigration, imprisonment, community building across intersections, mental health and spirit, and the ways in which queerness interfaces with these. How do our individual and collective bodies affect and politicize the spaces around them, and how do the spaces around us affect and politicize our individual and collective bodies? How are notions of movement/displacement and freedom/confinement constructed, informed by, critiqued, and deconstructed by our individual and collective identities? In what ways do the coping mechanisms of trauma and dissociation transform into intentional acts of strengthening?
PASSAGE & PLACE asks its participants and audience to connect their own experience to a broader narrative about the impacts of movement and place-making in physical, liminal, and metaphorical space in three parts: an art exhibition, a panel discussion of participating artists, and a printed anthology of visual and written works.The printed project will incorporate works of art sourced via an open call for contributions, a curated collection of essays, and letters from both free-world artists/writers and queer prisoners.
PASSAGE & PLACE is curated and coordinated by Annah Anti-Palindrome and Lex Non Scripta.